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'''Richard Baxter''' (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, Hymn|hymn-writer,. theologian, and Polemic|controversialist. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley|Dean Stanley called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer. After the Restoration he refused preferment, while retaining a separatist|non-separatist Presbyterian approach, and became one of the most influential leaders of the Nonconformists, spending time in prison.
Birth date12 November 1615 | birth_place = Rowton, Shropshire |death_date = 8 December 1691 (aged 76) |death_place = London |nationality = English |religion = Puritan |occupation = church leader, theologian, controversialist, poet}}
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